Irish Yew

Irish Yew | Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aureomarginata'

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Is it a tree or a shrub? This special Yew has an upright shape (Fastigiata) and the young leaves have a yellow edge (Aureomarginata). Truly a special feature, of which we do not know when it was discovered.

The species is scattered throughout Europe and is very rare, also in the Netherlands. It can be found here and in the surroundings of Winterswijk and Boekelo. The species belongs to the Yew family and is actually a Conifer.

This Conifer is found in deciduous forests, hedges, along streams, etc. It likes moist, well-ventilated, moderately nutrient-rich, humous soil.

The Irish Yew is often connected to death. The ancient Greeks thought that the plant had something to do with the gods of the underworld and people have often planted this tree in cemeteries. 

The plant is always green and can grow very old. The plant is very poisonous on all parts, except for the red berries. Still, the young shoots are used in a medicine used for cancer treatments. 

The shrub or t…

The species is scattered throughout Europe and is very rare, also in the Netherlands. It can be found here and in the surroundings of Winterswijk and Boekelo. The species belongs to the Yew family and is actually a Conifer.

This Conifer is found in deciduous forests, hedges, along streams, etc. It likes moist, well-ventilated, moderately nutrient-rich, humous soil.

The Irish Yew is often connected to death. The ancient Greeks thought that the plant had something to do with the gods of the underworld and people have often planted this tree in cemeteries. 

The plant is always green and can grow very old. The plant is very poisonous on all parts, except for the red berries. Still, the young shoots are used in a medicine used for cancer treatments. 

The shrub or tree can reach a height of 3 to 15 meters. Very often there is an embranchment from the bottom. It is peculiar that this conifer has no cones, but grows berries.

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